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Mangakissa – Tokyopop

15 June 2011 7:31 AM, PDT | Boomtron | See recent Boomtron news »

Many of us are in the midst of mourning/celebrating Tokyopop, which closed up shop in the United States last month.  The fate of many ongoing series is undetermined (and Amazon is unable to fulfill orders for them), but as we wait and wonder at their fate, we can go back and catch up on or look anew at over 300 titles offered through their house around the world.  The most popular titles over the years have been my personal favorite, Fruits Basket, along with Mobile Suit Gundam, Paradise Kiss, Sailor Moon, Saiyuki, PhD: Phantasy Degree, Suikoden, Angelic Layer, Devil May Cry, Cowboy Bebop, Magic Knight Rayearth, .hack, Jing: King of Bandits, Dramacon, Bizenghast, Anima, Pet Shop of Horrors, Kingdom Hearts, and the more recent and bestselling additions to their list, Priest, Gakuen Alice, Alice in the Country of Hearts, Butterfly, and Pavane for the Dead.  Here is a look at »

- Medora

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TokyoPop Closes its North American Division

18 April 2011 2:01 PM, PDT | ScifiMafia | See recent ScifiMafia news »

On Friday the comic book world lost an important cultural player when  TokyoPop, the company that is single handedly responsible for making Manga a mainstream medium in the U.S., announced it would be closing its doors after nearly 15 years of business. The closure is due in no small part to the failing of Borders who was TokyoPop’s biggest customer.

Below is a personal statement by Stu Levy, founder of Tokyopop, thanking all the loyal fans of the company:

April 15, 2011

Dear Tokyopop Community:

Way back in 1997, we set out to bring a little-known form of Japanese entertainment to American shores. I originally named our little company “Mixx”, meaning a mix of entertainment, mix of media, and mix of cultures. My dream was to build a bridge between Japan and America, through the incredible stories I discovered as a student in Tokyo.

Starting with just four titles — Parasyte, Ice Blade, »

- Brandon Johnston

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